Tobago accommodation

1-Week Raw Food Retreat at Castara Retreats - 18-25 June 2014

Raw plant-based food is rapidly gaining in popularity all across the world as people recognise and experience the power of nutrient dense, alkalising foods that can put your body into peak performance. Even conventional nutritionists now agree that eating a diet with a high raw content is beneficial to your health and we all know about the '5-a-day' rule. Also called 'living foods', raw food uses plants in an uncooked state, that retain their natural good enzymes to help our bodies’ process and assimilate nutrients fully. The results are a better functioning digestive system, a happier body, more energy, weight balance and an ongoing natural detox effect.

Radiance on Raw – a retreat to explore and experience deep
nutrition through raw plant-based foods 18-25 June 2014

Holiday and retreats are an excellent way to try out a new way of life and eating. So what better way than to spend a week on a glorious Caribbean island to explore the beauty and flavours of raw foods, learn recipes that can be easily integrated into your busy life and practice some more advanced skills of enhancing raw foods to culinary heights.

If you're new to raw food this is a wonderful opportunity to experience how raw food can give you more energy, help you lose weight, naturally detox and make you feel radiant. For those already living a raw food life style, the week is an ideal way to spend a holiday in the Caribbean whilst being served daily, delicious, nutritious meals and learn some new tricks of the trade. Although free of any animal products and starchy carbohydrates, raw food is not a restrictive diet but rather a lifestyle of eating the most delicious, fresh foods without the experience of guilt and 'paying for overindulgence'.

It is a real delight to be able to offer you a raw food holiday retreat at Castara Retreats, which is rated as THE best holiday resort of Tobago & Trinidad on MyTobago.

I will be teaching daily classes on how to prepare and integrate raw plant-based foods into your life. This is what students from my classes say:

'I just wanted to say how yesterdays workshop has fired me up and given me hope that I can recover my health. The content was fantastic as was the delivery! I have had a great start to the day with a smoothie and am excited to be on the road to recovery although I know it won't happen overnight.' Carolyn S., Wiltshire

'Many thanks for a very inspiring day. So many delicious dishes I have tasted today. Thank you.' Sophie, Dorset

What you get:

  • Arrive at Castara Retreat on Wednesday evening to a complimentary non-alcoholic cocktail and light raw meal.
  • Start your mornings with green smoothy or juice, fresh fruit and raw muesli on the pagoda.
  • Attend 3 hours raw food preparation classes on the terrace of the Castara Retreats Restaurant.
  • Enjoy a three hour break with lunch and time to explore, swim, or rest.
  • Join a late afternoon session on raw food tips and techniques
  • A delicious raw dinner and time to get to know one another in the evenings at the Pagoda Restaurant.

You're also welcome to bring a friend or partner, who might not want to join in the raw food classes but with whom you would like to share the holiday. Castara Retreat Restaurant offers an optional menu of fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes. The fee for the week is the same as for attending the classes and includes all meals.

Explore the island

As well as daily raw food preparation classes, we have scheduled 3 half-day organised trips on the island so you can fully experience Tobago and what it has to offer.

These are included in the cost and are:

  • A half day boat trip after lunch, which includes visits to secluded bays to swim, snorkel and chat including a visit to the pristine secluded beach known locally as Big Bay.
  • An early morning guided bird-watching and rainforest tour with an experienced guide, following ancient trails to explore the oldest protected rainforest in the northern hemisphere.
  • A morning visit to The Tobago Cocoa Plantation to see the workings of a traditional plantation producing cocoa beans that are the raw material of an award winning single estate chocolate.

About Castara Retreats

I have been to Tobago 3 times in the last 10 years and have always stayed at Castara Retreats - a small, family owned eco resort superbly located overlooking the Bay of Castara, with stunning views of the Caribbean coast and mountains. The setting is simply a dream and the accommodation is very comfortable.

Visit for more info and to see the accommodation. For the past five years it has been consistently rated on Trip Advisor as the best holiday rental accommodation on the whole of Trinidad and Tobago. Click here to read TA reviews of what guests have to say.

The restaurant opened in December 2012 and has quickly ranked on My Tobago and Trip Advisor as one of the best restaurants on the island, with a reputation for fresh, locally sourced ingredients, wonderful ambience and friendly service. During this Raw Food Retreat we will partially take over the kitchen to produce raw food meals.

To find out more about Tobago, visit, where you can read a wealth of in depth information on the island, its people, and services.

Limin', or hanging out, is an acquired skill best learned on the island that has elevated it to a true art form: Tobago. Once you get the hang of it, head for Tobago's fabled northwest coast, passing hillside hamlets with fairy tale names - Harmony Hall, Providence, Whim - to reach the quiet beaches of Castara, Charlotteville, and Parlatuvier, traditional places where you can still lend a hand by helping villagers tug their seine nets onto the sand in return for a share of the catch. Village guesthouses and small hotels are integrated into community life, like the eco-sensitive Castara Retreats, a six-cabin aerie overlooking village and sea, and backed by the island's most precious resource: the Tobago Rainforest Reserve. "It's the oldest legally protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1776 to protect the sugar plantation watershed," says guide and local ornithologist David Rooks.

"The island's primordial bounty allows for prolific bird watching, plunging into refreshing waterfalls, and snorkelling over the largest brain coral colony in the world.” National Geographic Magazine.

Costs of retreat and flight

The fee for the week is £1150 for 7 nights in shared accommodation (twin or double room), all meals, three excursions, airport transfers between Scarborough Airport and Castara Retreats, as well as the raw food classes. There will be clean drinking water served at all meals and you can also buy non-alcoholic & alcoholic cocktails, fresh juices, smoothies, wine and beer from the bar. A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available at extra cost.

The flight ticket is additional and you will need to arrange a seat with Golden Holidays, who are the agent for the weekly Monarch Airline flight on Wednesdays. Golden Holidays have offered a slightly discounted economy seat for £421 for the return flight. You will receive details on how to book your reduced fee flight when you reserve your place on this retreat.

The accommodations

All accommodations are built to the highest standards and are set right above Castara beach in lush tropical gardens. The lodges and apartments are specially designed to create open, spacious living areas with uninterrupted views of the beach and rainforest, cool sea breezes and the natural sights and sounds of the ocean, rainforest and village. Each lodge has a kitchen and one or more bathrooms. They are designed in classic Haiku style to "allow man and nature to live in mutual respect". The philosophy at Castara Retreats is to reflect principles of beauty, balance and respect and the owners of Castara Retreat endeavour to reflect these aspirations in their buildings, the gardens, relationships with the people they work with and with their guests.

This is why I feel it is an ideal location for nurturing not only your body but also your soul.

Overlooking Castara Bay, the lodges of Castara Retreats combine simplicity with luxurious touches……each one angled to make the most of the spectacular views. This is as good as it gets…We loved it.” Lead feature in The Telegraph Magazine; Feb 2012 by Edmund de Waal.

We have 16 places available in shared accommodation and the arrangements are as follows:

  • There are 4 x two person lodges
  • There are 2 x four person lodges offering two bedrooms and one large living room.

All are available for couples to share, or for individuals or friends to share. The programme fee is based on shared accommodation. Please see below for the staged pricing depending on your room choice. To book your place, please email Gabriela at who will be in touch with you to talk through your accommodation options. The accommodation is being allocated on a first come first serve basis.

In summary

The following summary may help you take the next step to find out more or to reserve a place on the retreat:

  • To discuss the possibilities in more depth contact Gabriela at or fix a time to chat on the phone;
  • To reserve a place please contact Gabriela.
  • To confirm your place a £350 deposit is required, please choose decide on a room option below and email your booking request to Gabriela at Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and there is a limited number of single occupancy rooms so early booking is advised. The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the retreat.
  • The raw food retreat is designed to fit in with the Wednesday flight with Monarch Airlines. Please contact Gabriela to reserve your space and to receive the information for the special deal flight of £421. Each place is on a first come first served basis. We recommend that you take out holiday insurance to cover theft, cancellation or illness.


Twin bedroom shared with a same gender participant: £1150
Couple or 2 friends sharing a private bedroom in a 4 people lodge: £2200
Private lodge couple or two friends: £2400
Single occupancy bedroom: £1645

Gabriela Lerner
Radiant On Raw
Tel: 07545 501124

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